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I'm asking for exactly what I stated in my title. The problem with "workforce" is that it denotes a blue-collar, manual labor kind of image. Is there a similar single noun word that might infer more white-collar-like image?

Sample: "I'm looking to re-enter the workforce again very soon!"

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    I think workforce doesn't really have a blue collar connotation for everyone. And it can always be modified with white-collar if necessary. For your sample sentence why not be a bit more explicit: I'm looking to re-enter the <engineering> workforce or whatever. – Jim Nov 20 '15 at 7:02
  • @henchmanjustin Why do you think that "workforce" denotes a blue-collar, manual labor kind of image? – Elian Nov 20 '15 at 8:39
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An alternative might be: "I'm looking to resume a profession." As said in the comments, though, the "workforce" is not limited to blue-collar work. It applies to the whole spectrum of employees. Blue-collar workers might be referred to as something like the "manual workforce" to distinguish them.

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  • Does it include pink and green collar workers too? Or grey-collar workers? How about gold-collar? – Blessed Geek Nov 20 '15 at 10:21
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    All collars—except dog collars. – ralph.m Nov 20 '15 at 12:56
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Workforce definition actually includes all kinds of workers.

  • All the people working or available to work, as in a nation, company, industry, or on a project. (AHD)

If you want to be more specific you may refer to professional workforce.

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